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Cafe Juanita
Cafe Juanita

Cafe Juanita Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafejuanita.com
  • Email: info@cafejuanita.com
  • Phone: (425) 823-1505
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00 Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Organic, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Holly Smith
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The restaurant is available for parties up to 65. The garden wine room comfortably seats up to 30 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room seats up to 30 people and features a fireplace. Custom designed menus are available. We are also available for restaurant rental for parties up to 65.
  • Private Party Contact: Holly Smith (425) 823-1505

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Additional parking available across on street and in the Retirement Community next door.
A word from Cafe Juanita
Cafe Juanita features nationally acclaimed Northern Italian cuisine prepared using the freshest Northwest ingredients and complimented by an award-winning wine list. We are 90% organic in raw ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The creativity of the chef evident in every bite. The unique cocktails are deliciously imaginative. A truly wonderful evening. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening at Café Juanita. From the delightful hostess that sat us, to the very knowledgeable wait staff, to Holly herself treating us with a dessert of vanilla ice cream with 18 year balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top. A delicious and perfectly done meal. A real treat."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. The total package!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I ate at Cafe Juanita recently. I got a beet salad and a pasta with lamb ragu. The beet salad was nicely dressed and tasty, except it was slightly over-salted. The pasta (maltagliata) with lamb ragu was so salty it was almost inedible. Given the prices Cafe Juanita asks, one would expect a much better result."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "It was my second time at Cafe Juanita and this time, I (an omnivore) came with a gluten-free friend and a vegetarian friend. Amazingly, the restaurant had a completely separate vegetarian menu (the sure way to my friend's heart) and our waitress easily answered their questions about the dishes. They even brought out a separate gluten-free bread for the other friend. The food was excellent, as was the wine list. My only criticism is that I found the food a little salty both times I've been there, even though I tend to prefer my food saltier than most."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Overall we had a wonderul experience. The lamb was overcooked for one diner in our party but they served a new plate and did not charge us for it. They also comped several other items. The server was lovely but not over the top which I really appreciated. Overall I might order differently if I have the cahnce to return. The Miners lettuce salad was overdressed (don't like more dressing then leaves). There were a couple of other inconsistencies with portions but I found the food to be tasty and the atmosphere was perfect for my mood."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary. We heard great things about this rest and always wanted to go, we just didnt have that special ocasion since it is a little on the pricey side. Service and food were good. It is a house converted into a rest. Def. not the best place to go for a romantic dinner.The tables were all stationed one next to the other with no privacy. We could totally hear what the other table was talking about. The server of the table next to us when he was filling the glasses of wine, I totally feel I had his derriere on my face becuase of the limited space he had in between tables. We have been to other rests on our anniversary and we felt it was a special ocassion. Here, we were one more table at this rest. No special treatmeant."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 28th anniversary and it was the best, most exquisitely prepared food I have had the pleasure of consuming in many years. We shared all but the main course. What they did with the romaine, I can't explain! The breads were pure butter and something else! The lamb and the foie gras were absolutely wonderful. We swooned over our wine and dessert. I cannot say enough nice things about this place. Our server was a wonderful resource for recommendations, as we do not know Italian! If you get a chance, go!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I went to Cafe Juanita to celebrate my 65th birthday and had a great time. Though the staff knew it was my birthday, and several of them wished me a happy birthday throughout the evening, they did not do anything to call attention to us and let me and my wife celebrate in our own way. The food was excellent, and the service was outstanding.This was a very special birthday for me, and I am glad I chose Cafe Juanita as the place to celebrate it."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Took my wife there for her birthday and we were not disappointed. We got the coveted table by the fire, which made our excellent meal even more memorable."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "An amazing experience of flavors! The smoked Sablefish and the baby beet salad were spectacular. Everything else was great too, but those two stood out in my opinion."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The ingredients and meal preparation were fantastic. But the menu seemed a bit affected. No obvious themes were apparent. An odd mix of offerings in our view. We probably would not eat there again. We enjoyed the restaurant when northern Italian food was the dominant theme."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant for my wife's birthday based on the high rating and we love most Italian food(?). We had trouble finding the place because no first class restaurant would be in some decrepit looking house. The front door wouldn't be inviting in any situation. The floors bounce every time somebody walls by. You are so close to your neighbours that you can't miss their conversations. Everything we ordered was excellent. The server was very knowledgeable. There was one pasta dish, one salad and one soup. The dessert selection however was great and very tasty. I feel severely ripped off when you charge the prices (Thank goodness we didn't have wine) and the building is overlooking a dumpy ravine and they can't fix up the building."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Try it all if you can! The Wagyu steak was incredible and the homemade pasta had two Italians at the table telling stories of their grandmothers' cooking. It really was that good."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Easily our gem for the Northwest! The staff is so friendly and extremely knowledgable on their very comprehensive wine list. The food is amazing local and creative! Excellent for romantic date or entertaining clients."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "WE had our wedding reception here, so we went back for our anniversary and was not disappointed! We started off with a bite of rapini fritti and a lemon/ginger gin cocktail. I could have eaten a bowl of the fritti, and from there, it just got better, to include a duck served with a green garlic flan and pickled rhubarb that my wife couldn't stop raving about. We were treated with just the right amount of service. Lovely lovely!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The modest-looking house that is home to Cafe Juanita doesn't prepare you for the outstanding experience. We had a well-paced, delicious meal at what we thought was the nicest table in the restaurant (table 22). We knew it was a hidden gem but had no idea how outstanding Cafe Juanita was. The food was impeccable as was our service. Can't think of anything that could have been improved. Definitely up there with dinners at Rover's and Canlis! But not uppity or stuffy at all. We will definitely go back. Plus, the chef was super friendly. He chatted with us for 10 minutes on our way out the door."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Booked Cafe Juanita for my husbands birthday. It was excellent! Our mains were stunning (rabbit and Aussie wagu steak) and the deserts were really great:) The only problem was we found our starters to be way to salty. This is why it didn't get top marks!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "As always, Cafe Juanita has, in my opinion, the best food in the Pacific Northwest. I am never disappointed. Service last time was not as good as is customary."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Appetizers and salads were good, but the main dishes were very disappointed. Braised rabbit was too dry, overcooked it and the beef checks was nothing special. Next time, we probably won't order the main dishes instead of trying the pasta. Will give it another chance."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I had a risotto here once that literally made me tear up, it was so good. How many restaurants can you say that about?"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "This is my second visit to Cafe Juanita and they are well deserving of the awards and accolades. I went with some girlfriends who weren't foodies but wanted the exposure. Everything was ready for our arrival. From taking coats, to seating, servers were very attentive and kept water glasses filled. My friend, unsure of what not-so-sweet vodka cocktail she wanted was served the "Vesper" from the Casino Royal movie. Menu items were graciously explained. Foie gras, sweetbreads & lamb tongue was SUPERB! My friends' apple fritter & goat cheese dessert was delicious, but I went for more Foie. 20 year tawnys to finish. Excellent. Just absolutely excellent all around."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Brought friends for their first visit and they will return. Overall, great meals, excellent service and we certainly will return."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I have been going to Cafe Juanita for years...it never ceases to amaze me how amazing the food, service and wines are. I would highly recommend this special place to anyone who knows what it means to have one of those meals that says...'wowza'!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I have heard about this place for a long time and finally we got to go. It is about 22 miles from our house. The food was worth the drive. I had the best steak I think I have ever eaten, truly remarkable. All the food was great. I was surprised by the service, not bad, but also not very attentive. We sat with empty plates way too long, sat when we first arrived way too long. This is not what I heard about the place. We also had a very loud party of 6 next to us and this distracted from what would have been a nearly perfect place. I would recommend it still."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I knew I was in for a treat when I received a call the day before the reservation -- not just to confirm, but to ask if this meal was for a special occasion and whether any in my party had food allergies/sensitivities. Our wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and provided excellent recommendations. We were not rushed. The ambiance was great -- while the tables were a little close together, the noise level was very acceptable. I will definitely put this on my 'short list' for special dinners!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We dine out frequently, usually on the Seattle side. Rarely write a review. Had not been back to Cafe Juanita in five+ years. Service was great, professional, engaging (and patient with questions!). Food was pretty uneven. Steelhead and seared fois gras undercooked. Beef cheeks, exceptionally fatty. There was a service error on one of the shared plates - for four people. They agreeably corrected the mistake but brought back only a half portion (instead of the larger plate initially ordered). Felt kind of cheap. Some of the desserts were just "off" as well. Since these were clients we were entertaining, wasn't the time to comment. Kind of bummed out - especially when the bill is $500."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Café Juanita always lives up to its' reputation as an extraordinary dining experience...as I have rated and commented on this restaurant in the past, I am running out of complimentary words to describe just how fantastic the food, ambiance, and staff are! My favorite restaurant in the greater Seattle area, hands down."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been dining at Cafe Juanita for at least twenty years, including renting out the whole restaurant for a family celebration, and the downstairs for two other celebrations. Sadly, we have found our last several dinners disappointing. The wait staff was unsatisfactory , the menu difficult to decipher, and the quality of the food just not what it used to be. It will be some time before we will be willing to try it again."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Wine list overly heavy on Italian, need more French, Rhone, perhaps."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was upscale but high priced. I question whether or not Café Juanita has gone too far. In the old days of Café Juanita, the food was great, prices were reasonable, the chef would meet you at your table, and the atmosphere was very comfortable. As a result, the popularity created a wait list 3 months long."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I've eaten at CJ assorted times and always thought it was good - never great, but always fine. However, my recent dinner was great - every bite of the yum yum beet salad, awesomely unusual risotto and apple fritter-ish dessert was outstanding. And added to that, our server was fun, totally knowledgable and professional and made the evening that much better. Either I got very lucky or CJ has stepped up its game."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Our corporate Board met for dinner and had a great experience."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We've been to Cafe Juanita a few times and it is a solid choice for a fancy night out in Kirkland. We loved the antipasti (grilled octopus and spot prawns) as well as the duck entree and the rabbit. The gelato is also delicious and they even sell pints of it to go so that is a plus. The service is the highlight of the entire experience. The sommelier was able to suggest two bottles of amazing Italian wine to our taste and price range. Overall great dinner."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "This is our go to place for a special night out. The food and service are always outstanding."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The table by the fireplace was very romantic for Valentine's Dinner. Service was typical Cafe Juanita first class. The food was great and they way they take care of my wife's food allergies is so reassuring. You don't get a great view, it is an old house but Holly does such an amazing job with everything else, the first two do not matter."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "As always, Holly and the Cafe Juanita crew deliver a wonderful meal, with amazing service and no pretense. The tasting menus in particular are a fantastic way to experience a wide range of amazing flavors that you might not otherwise even consider."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was a great night to have with the person you love. The restaurant is really great, food, creative, delicious and good wine. Areas to improve, the sparkling wine must be really cold and the price was high."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When I needed to modify the reservation Open Table did not work very well, had to call the restaurant to solve the issue."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Food, wines, service, ambience - all great. Dinner was for 6 of us on a Friday evening in February, and everyone enjoyed their meal. Cafe Juanita is at the high end of the $ chart for me, so it's not a restaurant I can go to often. But for the occasional special dinner, I've never been disappointed."
    Dined on 2/7/2014